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united states, because he told me him paying taxes was helping the united states support basically the war on islam, the war on muslims. >> reporter: farook's father, who is still in the san bernardino area, told cbs news his son was deeply religious. scott, the fbi served a search warrant on the gun range hours after the massacre, and we're told they confiscated the surveillance video. >> carter evans for us tonight.
tonight six of the 21 people wounded last wednesday remain in the hospital, two of them are in critical condition. today john blackstone talked to survivors. >> reporter: when the shooting began in san bernardino, trudy raymundo was standing near the door as one of the shooters burst through. >> he came walking in and started firing and started walking toward the middle of the room where all the staff are sitting just firing. >> reporter: corwin porter was hiding under the table as the husband and wife assassins kept firing. you could see him targeting individuals. >> i could see the muzzle facing down where individuals would be.
and as it goes on, the desperation kicks in and i kept hoping it was an exercise, right, it's an exercise, because this can't actually be happening. >> reporter: and it seemed to go on and on. >> it went on for what seemed like forever. >> it never would end. >> i kept thinking, why doesn't he stop? why won't he stop? >> reporter: when s.w.a.t. teams descended to provide urgent was with them. he's an immigrant from iran. what is it like to see this happen? >> terrible. terrible. and then you feel that you're coming thousands and thousands of miles away from these atrocities to get away from that. >> reporter: today county officials held a news conference to talk about how san bernardino moves forward. raymundo is the director of public health. >> i ask that you come together and hold each other strong,
will help us heal. and i want you to every day be grateful for those of us that were spared and those that are still with us today. >> reporter: 13 of the 14 killed worked for the county's which will remain closed this week. other government departments reopened today, scott, but under heightened security. >> john blackstone with the key interviews tonight. john, thank you. well, maybe it was an attempt to appear proactive, but today there was an odd announcement from the department of homeland security about its terror alert system. you may have forgotten that there is a terror alert system because it's never been used in its current form. today dhs announced that the system will change, but it didn't say how. jeff pegues tried to cut through the muddle. >> i'll be announcing soon
that i think reflects the current environment and the current realities. >> reporter: secretary of homeland security jeh johnson said the current system is flawed. the original color-coded warnings, developed after 9/11, were criticized for sending out too many alerts. the current system has never sent out an alert because it requires an imminent threat. the modification will lower the threshold for warning the american public. it is an acknowledgment of the changing nature of the threat, something president obama highlighted last night. >> as we've become better at preventing complex, multifaceted attacks like 9/11, terrorists turn to less complicated acts of violence like the mass shootings all too common in our society. >> reporter: the san bernardino shooters were not under surveillance before the massacre despite having contact online with some known extremists. frank cillufo is the head of george washington university's homeland security program.
more important to law enforcement than traditional surveillance. >> you know, at the end of the day it's going to be a mixture of community engagement. >> reporter: see something, say something. >> see something, say something, but also families, friends, the people who normally know about these activities are going to be a peer group. so we need to find ways to be able to pierce that. >> reporter: scott, a recent congressional report warned that americans are being radicalized by violent extremists at a rate that is straining law enforcement's ability to stop suspects before it's too late. >> jeff pegues in our washington newsroom. jeff, thanks. in a related story, there was a rare victory today for supporters of tougher gun laws. the united states supreme court let stand a local law in illinois that bans semiautomatic weapons and large-capacity magazines. jan crawford is following this. >> reporter: the justices gave no reason for why they turned
assault weapons in an illinois town. but in dissent, justin clarence thomas, joined by justice antonin scalia, said lower-court rulings upholding the bans were relegating the second amendment to a second class right. the supreme court in 2008 struck down a handgun ban in the district of columbia, ruling that the second amendment protects a person's right to bear arms for self-defense in the home. but in the years since, lower federal courts have narrowly applied the landmark decision, allowing what they consider reasonable gun restrictions, bans on large-capacity semiautomatic firearms, like the commonly owned ar-15. seven states and d.c. have laws banning possession of those weapons. the city of highland park passed its ban in 2013. mayor nancy rotering said it was due in part to the shooting at sandy hook elementary school. >> it's well past time to take action to reduce the gun violence that threatens our
safety and inflicts fear and pain on countless families and communities. >> reporter: but gun rights supporters say the bans cover guns lawfully used by millions of americans for self-defense and for sport. [ gunfire ] today's order is unlikely to encourage sweeping change. 39 states where such guns are legal have laws blocking cities from passing local restrictions. now, there typically has to be a conflict in the lower courts before the justices will step in, and so far, scott, all those lower courts are in agreement to uphold these bans. >> jan crawford at the supreme court. jan, thank you. there's new video of another police shooting in chicago, but this time no charges. and a former president teaches sunday school. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back. age defiant. age agnostic.
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the justice department is investigating chicago police use of force against minorities. this on the same day that prosecutors cleared a chicago cop who fatally shot a black man in the back. here's dean reynolds. >> male black running southbound on king, sweatshirt, black pants. >> reporter: in a show of transparency unusual for chicago, prosecutors released new dash cam video to show why they did not file charges against the officers involved in
it showed a 25-year-old suspect fleeing police after a struggle carrying what they said was a handgun. that video's release came days after tape of the more notorious shooting of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald galvanized the city in protest and hours after the justice department announced its enquiry, something mayor rahm emanuel welcomes. >> its in our self-interest as a city for them to be here. we not only accept it, we need it. >> reporter: critics like andy shaw of the better government association, say reform is long overdue. >> we've spent $500 million handling excessive force cases over the past decade. the justice department could have come here 25 years ago. >> reporter: john escalante is the interim police superintendent. is the culture of the chicago police department problematic? >> i don't think so. one thing we're looking at right now is why are some officers slipping through the cracks. >> reporter: he need look no further than a series of action reports from officers on the
killed. all of them supported the shooter, officer jason van dyke, and all were at odds with the video from their own cruisers. they all claim mcdonald was a homicidal threat that night, swinging his knife with a three- inch blade in an aggressive, exaggerated manner that put van dyke's life in danger. officer van dyke is already the subject of a long-running federal investigation, scott, which is also looking into allegations of a cover-up by other officers on the scene that night. >> dean reynolds in chicago. thanks, dean.
in sunday school jimmy carter teaches the good news of the gospel, but this past sunday he had some good news of his own. he's now free of cancer. here's michelle miller. >> reporter: the crowd gathers in front of maranatha baptist church at dawn, five hours before the lessons begin. >> we thank you so much for coming. >> reporter: to see the man teaching sunday school. >> good morning. >> all right. i see you're wide awake. [ laughter ] >> reporter: in plains, georgia, president jimmy carter has taught in his hometown church for nearly 35 years. jan williams has worked with him the whole time. >> mr. jimmy is one of the kindest southern gentleman who speaks what he thinks, stands up for what he believes in, never been ashamed to say he was a christian. >> love without getting credit
loving your enemies. >> reporter: he seems rejuvenated by this crowd of people. would you say that? would you agree with me? >> i don't think once you're a politician you ever get over being a politician. he loves the crowds. >> reporter: those crowds have multiplied since the 91-year-old former president announced his cancer diagnosis in august. julie marshall came from north carolina. >> to the carters, it's just another sunday, but to those of us who are here, this is day we'll never forget. >> reporter: even through his cancer treatments he never missed a sunday lesson, and it was in this church that he broke the news. >> when i went this week they didn't find any cancer at all. [ applause ] >> whoa. good job. >> he's going to be here for -- he's going to be here for a long time to come, i hope. >> reporter: giving lessons from the good book to anyone who will listen. >> well, i hope you'll all come back some day.
finally tonight, president obama helped pay tribute to some of the most talented people in america. >> rita moreno, seiji ozawa, cicely tyson, carole king, george lucas, each of these artists was born with something special to offer the country and the world. >> and each was celebrated last night at the annual kennedy center honors. actress gina rodriguez paid tribute to oscar, tony, emmy and grammy winner rita moreno. >> you're my icon, my living legend, and what matters most, my friend. rita, this is my love letter to you. >> steven spielberg gave rave reviews to fellow filmmaker george lucas. >> he's a path finder and a pioneer. george lucas' "star wars" changed movies absolutely
>> but the highlight of the night came when aretha franklin sang the praises and music of carole king. you make me feel like a natural woman >> and you can see the kennedy center honors broadcast tuesday night, december 29th, right here on cbs. and that's the "cbs overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us a little bit later for the morning news and "cbs morning." from the broadcast center in new
this is the "cbs overnight news." welcome to the "overnight news." i'm jericka duncan. the chicago police department is now under the microscope. attorney general loretta lynch announced the justice department is launching a wide ranging civil rights investigation into the chicago pd. the probe will go beyond the shooting death of a young black man shot 16 times by a white officer who now faces murder charges. meanwhile, a video of a second police shooting has been released. this time the officer will not be charged. dean reynolds reports. >> male black running south bound on king, sweatshirt, black pants. >> reporter: in a show of
chicago, prosecutors released new dash cam video to show why they did not file charges against the officers involved in the fatal shooting. it showed a 25-year-old suspect fleeing police after a struggle carrying what they said was a handgun. that video's release came days after tape of the more notorious shooting of 17-year-old laquan mcdonald galvanized the city in protest and hours after the justice department announced its enquiry, something mayor rahm emanuel welcomes. >> its in our self-interest as a city for them to be here. we not only accept it, we need it. >> reporter: critics like andy shaw of the better government association, say reform is long overdue. >> we've spent $500 million handling excessive force cases over the past decade. the justice department could have come here 25 years ago. >> reporter: john escalante is the interim police superintendent. is the culture of the chicago police department problematic? >> i don't think so.
now is why are some officers slipping through the cracks. >> reporter: he need look no further than a series of action reports from officers on the scene the night mcdonald was killed. all of them supported the shooter, officer jason van dyke, and all were at odds with the video from their own cruisers. they all claim mcdonald was a homicidal threat that night, swinging his knife with a three- inch blade in an aggressive, exaggerated manner that put van dyke's life in danger. officer van dyke is already the subject of a long-running federal investigation, scott, which is also looking into allegations of a cover-up by other officers on the scene that night. an army of investigators continues to unearth new details about the husband and wife killers behind the massacre in san bernardino. carter evans has the latest. >> reporter: two days before syed rizwan farook and his wife tashfeen malik killed 14 people in san bernardino, farook signed
mike mcgee said farook approached him. was there anything about him that stuck out? >> not even close. >> reporter: he did ask you a question, though. his gun was smoking. what does that tell you about his experience with guns? >> well, the experience with the rifle tells me it was a new rifle. he was not familiar with it. >> reporter: when you saw his picture, did you recognize him? >> i did recognize him as somebody who had been here in the past. >> reporter: firearms instructor been to the range at least twice. to know that this is where he might have prepared for those last days. >> reporter: federal investigators say the assault rifles used in the attack were purchased by enrique marquez. he lived next door to farook during his high school years. neighbors say the pair were good friends. agents raided the marquez home twice over the last few days. they used a battering ram and cut through the garage door with a blow torch to search for
law enforcement sources tell cbs news that marquez checked into a mental health facility hours after the shooting. he has not been arrested and today is talking to investigators. so far federal agents have conducted more than 400 interviews, and they're still trying to determine a motive. john bowdich is with the fbi. >> we have learned and believe that both subjects were radicalized and had been very active quite some time. now, how did that happen? the question we're trying to get at. >> reporter: investigators know farook met his wife in saudi arabia where she moved from pakistan. she was educated as a pharmacist. chaz harrison was one of farook's coworkers. >> i asked him about his wife. he was very secretive about his wife. he didn't want to reveal much about his wife. >> reporter: he says farook talked about wanting to leave the country for good. >> he didn't want to be in the united states because he said him paying taxes was helping the united states support basically the war on islam, the war on muslims. >> reporter: farook's father, who is still in the san
his son was deeply religious. president obama's national address on terrorism is getting a lukewarm reception on capitol hill. republican congressional leaders say the president's call for expanded background checks for gun purchases is going nowhere. and they say there's no need for a congressional authorization to strike the islamic state in iraq and syria. the president also stressed the need for americans not to turn on one another or to begin a profiling campaign against muslim americans here in the united states. >> we will destroy isil and any other organization that tries to harm us. our success won't depend on tough talk or abandoning our values or giving in to fear. that's what groups like isil are hoping for. we cannot turn against one another by letting this fight be defined as a war between america and islam. that too is what groups like
isil does not speak for islam. they are thugs and killers, part of a cult of death. >> chief white house correspondent major garrett has more. >> reporter: the reviews are in, they're lukewarm to be charitable. the white house was bracing for precisely that. so why did the president give an oval office address that had no new news or new ideas or military strategies against isis? the genesis of this speech started saturday here at the white house after the president met with his national security team. it was the consensus that this administration was losing control, losing grip on the entire national conversation about isis, and the president needed to get involved in that conversation to try to accomplish three things. first, to convey to the nation that the campaign against isis is more muscular and more aggressive. there are more u.s. bombing runs. the british are now bombing in syria. there are troop commitments from germany and much greater intelligence sharing with the
the president also wanted to address the gun control argument. even though the political climate on capitol hill with republicans in control of the house and senate remains hostile, the president believes the fact pattern in san bernardino strengthens his gun control argument and he wanted to make that case. thirdly and possibly most important when you talk to people here at the white house, the president believes the country could turn on itself, and this message of tolerance for muslim-americans is not just about that, pure tolerance, but a counterterrorism strategy. the president believes it is crucial that this country maintain good, solid working relationships with the muslim community in this country. not just as a matter of tolerance, but as a matter of counterterrorism success being able to detect, infiltrate and stop terrorist attacks before they start. there was a good deal of conversation whether this president should give this address today or tonight. but the president wanted the largest primetime audience he could find, sunday was it. he knows the reviews are tepid.
the matchups are set for this year's college football playoff. the games will be played on new year's eve. clemson is ranked number one. the tigers will play the fourth ranked oklahoma sooners in the orange bowl. second ranked alabama will take the field against number three michigan state in the cotton bowl. the winners will square off in the national championship game in arizona. meanwhile, the university of houston is still investigating how a postgame victory celebration turned into an on-field brawl. fans rushed the field on saturday after the cougars beat temple, locking up a bowl bid. cameras captured security guards hired by the school beating some
manuel bojorquez has more. >> reporter: it's developed into an unspoken tradition. your team wins a big game and you storm the field in celebration. but here in houston over the weekend, that celebration turned violent and could lead to criminal charges for some security guards who got physical with fans. when the game between the university of houston and temple ended, the wrestling match between some security guards and fans began. cameras captured the chaos as fans rushed the field after the cougars' championship win. one fan appears to be punched by a security guard. another is tackled and slammed into the ground. csc is the private security contractor hired by the university of houston. houston's vice president of athletics expressed his anger and disappointment with the csc
>> we'll present any evidence, such as video, witness statements, and we also lock at the applicable law and we present that to the district attorney for charges. and the security officers were also given instructions before the game by csc staff that the students rush the field, to allow them to rush the field. no instructions were given to punch or tackle anyone. >> reporter: rushing the field college sports but can be dangerous. in 1993, 80 people were injured when fans rushed the field following the game between wisconsin and michigan. and four years ago, a dozen people were hurt after thousands swarmed the field after oklahoma state beat rival oklahoma. the security company has issued
launching its own investigation adding "any actions by csc personnel that contradict our training, csc's other requirements or the law are not condoned by csc and will not be tolerated." president obama was a late arrival at the kennedy center honors sunday night, after addressing the nation on terrorism, he donned a tux and celebrated five honorees for their lifetime contributions to american culture. charlie rose has the story. [ applause ] >> reporter: less than two weeks before the release of the new "star wars" movie, george lucas was praised by hollywood heavyweight steve spielberg and martin scosezi. >> like edison and bell and tesla and jobs, in the way that everything they touched changed the paradigm. george lucas' "star wars" changed movies forever.
>> reporter: for the second year in a row, stefen colbert hosted the event. >> good evening, ladies and gentlemen, elected representatives, diplomats, dignitaries and the small hand full of you not running for president right now. >> reporter: traditionally, the honorees sit with the president and first lady, but president obama's seat remained empty for the first part of the event. he arrived less than half an hour after his oval office address. >> the owner of a green and white helicopter, you left your lights on. >> reporter: singer rita moreno a native puerto rican, was lauded for breaking ground for latinos. >> when you followed your dreams, you gave me the allowance to follow mine. for so long in my life, being puerto rican felt like i was being left out. you made being puerto rican an honor. >> reporter: the 83-year-old
adaptation of "west side story" before going on to win all four of the biggest prizes in show business over her career, the oscar, the tony, two emmys and a grammy. another honoree, the talented conductor who led the boston symphony for 29 seasons. this is my story >> reporter: and sissy tyson's long career paved the way for african-americans in the industry. >> you turned down more roles than you can imagine because they didn't lift or serve us as a people. for six decades, she's been diligent in her pursuit to better us all. >> reporter: at age 90, she's starring on broadway alongside james earl jones. and carol king was inducted into the songwriters hall of fame nearly 30 years ago for her influence on music.
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rita moreno was honored at the kennedy center sunday night. she's only 1 of 12 performers to earn what is called an egot. that's an emmy, a grammy, an oscar, and a tony, the grand slam of show business. michelle miller has her story. >> reporter: to fully appreciate the barrier breaking career of rita moreno, you only need to spend a few minutes with her in the bronx neighborhood she first called home. >> i need to get out of here. oh, my goodness, what an honor. >> reporter: here, the puerto rican transplant turned hollywood starlet is still thrilling fans. >> oh, my god, so beautiful. >> reporter: did you live around here? >> yes. i lived around the block. >> reporter: she moved here at
puerto rico to new york, on a ship with her newly divorced mother. though revered now, her earliest memories in america weren't so positive. her journey not so welcoming. >> i ran into racist stuff quickly. even when i didn't understand what the word "spick" meant, but i could see the hatred in the faces of these young kids, you know, white kids. and i grew up feeling inferior to just about everybody in the world. >> reporter: dance lessons provided an escape when she was just 6. a natural performer, she was entertaining in nightclubs by the age of 9. and at 13, she earned her first part on broadway. >> i wanted to be a movie star first of all. i wanted to be elizabeth taylor.
to look like the actress, in large part because taylor's dark hair resembled her own. >> she was the only role model i had. there were none. there was nobody in the movies who resembled me in any way. >> reporter: after a talent agent spotted her, she landed a contract with mgm studios and moved to hollywood. but it didn't take long before she found herself being typecast. >> i played american indians, polynesians. every one of them without exception were usually characters with no education, who could barely speak english, with thick accents. >> my name is tuptine. i already speak english. >> it was humiliates and it was hurtful.
>> of course it was. absolutely. but i always felt that somehow, and say, that girl has talent, and i'm going to do something for her. >> reporter: her some day came at the age of 26 when she was tapped to play anita in "west side story." >> i finally found a role model. >> why would you want to go to puerto rico? >> it's so good here. >> so good there? we have nothing. >> the first time i had ever played a young hispanic woman who had a sense of dignity, who had a sense of self-respect. >> reporter: she won an oscar for that performance. visiting the play ground where many of the movie scenes were shot, moreno remembered the significance of her win. what did that night mean?
for it, because as anybody who wins an oscar will tell you, it takes almost a month or so to really believe it. my winning the oscar had a huge effect on the hispanic community. >> reporter: ironically, winning an oscar did not widen the role to great film roles, so she shifted her focus to the stage, and the small screen. they call me broadway bob >> reporter: she won a grammy for her singing on the children's television show "the electric company." earned two emmys for appearances on "the muppet show" and "the rockford files." >> boy, you had me scared. >> reporter: and she won a tony for her performance in the broadway production of "the ritz," a role she reprized in the film version.
you fall down and you get up, dust yourself off and keep moving in that direction. >> reporter: now 83, with more than 40 films and just as many television shows under her belt, she's not only getting respect, she's in demand. she recently guest starred in the award winning tv show "jane the virgin." >> i am now the pioneer, which i think is kind of charming. >> reporter: it's been nearly eight decades since that 5-year-old girl lived in an overcrowded building on this block. and in that time, rita moreno has become the role model she never had. >> and what's important about that kind of honor and recognition is that it's for a
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2 rock band u2 made an emotional return to paris three weeks after their shows were canceled. the concerts are paying tribute to the victims of the massacre. elizabeth palmer is in london with the defiant message from the band. >> reporter: right after the paris attacks, the police shut down all large public gatherings, and two u2 concerts were canceled. but last night, the band was back on stage in top form. >> reporter: and 17,000 fans
it's just over three weeks since u2 canceled two concerts, scheduled to go ahead in paris right after terrorists killed 130 people. 90 of them were music fans of the bataclan concert hall listening to the band eagles of death metal. bono and the members of u2 paid tribute to the victims at a memorial nearby and vowed their own concerts would be rescheduled as soon as it was safe. it was, they told cnn ahead of last night's performance, a statement of resistance. >> paris is a very romantic city, and, you know, the essence of romance is defiance. and defiant joy we think is the mark of our band and of rock 'n' roll. they're a death cult, we're a life cult. >> reporter: there were rumors eagles of death metal would join u2 on stage. but instead, fans saw another
patty smith, who closed the show with one of the greatest of all rock 'n' roll anthems of defiance. people have the power, people have the power >> reporter: and bono's apparently written a brand new song about the paris attacks, and fans are certainly hoping they're going to hear him when he's back on stage there. >> and that's the "cbs overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us later for the morning news and "cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new